The hair can often reflect our lifestyle, and some of those habits may be spoiling their strength and natural beauty .

Bad habits that damage hair

That is why we have compiled 10 bad habits that could be weakening your hair and that you should identify if they can be applied to your personal care and your daily hygiene habits, behaviors or hairstyles that you use.

Steam showers

Hot water dehydrates hair and skin , weakens dry hair and makes it more brittle, easier to break and fall out. Hair transplant surgeon Ryan Welter explains that hot water and steam can open the pores on the scalp and collaterally affect the hair.

Excess hair dryer

The excessive use of dryers and devices that radiate heat affect the protective cuticle of the hair , in addition to breaking the balance of moisture and dryness of the hair, which makes it more vulnerable to breakage. You can check the 4 natural solutions for dull hair.

Demanding diets

A strict, low-calorie diet provides little energy to the body, which collaterally affects the hair and its vitality . You should know that people who suffer from anorexia have hair loss and hair loss as one of their main symptoms. See more information about foods that prevent hair loss .

Poor handling of wet hair

Hair is more fragile when hair is wet or damp , they are more prone to break with H2O, since this element slightly lifts the protective cuticle of the hair. In this (wet) state, combing your hair is less recommended than with dry hair.

Tight hairstyles

Look out for rooted hairstyles or tight buns and even hair braids . Excessive tension on the hair follicles can cause damage and create permanent scars on the hair, even experts say that it can even cause alopecia (hair loss).

Fixatives and high-alcohol products

Most hair fixers are high in alcohol, along with various styling products and gels. These products weaken the hair, make it brittle and easy to fall out.

Use of birth control pills

In women who are prone to hair loss and thinning, birth control pills produce hormonal changes that affect hair texture, they can suffer from hair loss , especially if they are sensitive to androgen, an element present in this class of contraceptives.

Scratch the head

Itchy scalp ( seborrheic dermatitis ) can cause hair loss, especially in people over 30 years of age. This causes the cuticle to be damaged and then the hair to detach from the root.

Not washing your hair frequently

Failure to wash your hair frequently can lead to dandruff , which inevitably affects the scalp and clogs the hair follicles, which in turn prevents hair from growing.

Certain medications

Some medications such as statins, antidepressants , anxiolytics, antihypertensive medications, and some hormones; they can cause hair loss and disrupt hair growth . Others interrupt the phase of rest and growth of the hair, which ultimately damages its structure.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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